Malaysian PM wishes ethnic Chinese Happy New Year

15:23, February 02, 2011      

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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has extended his best wishes to ethnic Chinese in the country when the Chinese community is ushering the Year of the Rabbit.

In his blog post on the eve of Chinese New Year on Wednesday, Najib expressed his hope that the Year of the Rabbit would bring about peace, health and prosperity to all in the country.

Malaysia is multi-racial country with a population of 28 million people. Of which, some 25 percent are ethnic Chinese. The first two days of the Chinese New Year are also declared public holidays in Malaysia.

In conjunction with the auspicious festival, Najib also urged Malaysian Chinese to work hand-in-hand to build a better future for the family and the generations to come.

Najib said that Malaysians of all races in the country had the opportunity to fulfill their dreams, and all that they need were planning, hardwork and discipline.

"Although the Malaysian government can not ensure the success of each individual, it is the government's responsibility to put in place the best ecosystem so that the potential of each person can be optimized," said Najib.

Looking into the year of 2010, Najib said the dedication by all parties, including the government and the people, as well as the public and private sectors, Malaysia was put on the right track to achieve the goal of becoming a high-income developed nation.

"The momentum needs to be spurred further, as we have not come to the time to declare victory and enter the comfort zone. We still need to work hard to attain new successes," said Najib.

Najib also encouraged Malaysians of all races to continue visiting their Chinese friends' open houses in order to forge closer ties among themselves.

Source: Xinhua
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